Ambulatory blood pressure monitor Echo80 is a wearable, overnight and comfortable blood pressure monitor for adult, pediatric1, and neonatal1. Echo80 is designed for spot check and ambulatory applications. The ambulatory blood pressure monitor provides continuous 24-hour periodic blood pressure readings giving an accurate assessment of the patient's condition.
The ambulatory BPM can store over 600 measurements, including 300 records of common user and 358 of ambulatory blood pressure data. Every record includes the time, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean blood pressure, pulse rate, error message and record number. The records can be saved in a computer for further analysis and reporting. Carrying case and software are included.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring has become a widely accepted method of blood pressure and heart rate evaluation. Although the technique provides only intermittent readings throughout the 24-hour period, average blood pressures obtained in this way correlate well with a variety of hypertensive disease processes and are also a better prognostic marker for future cardiovascular events than office blood pressure. Ambulatory blood pressure averages also correlate well with indices of diastolic dysfunction. In patients with congestive cardiac failure and systolic dysfunction, ambulatory monitoring suggests an impaired circadian blood pressure profile with high nocturnal blood pressure.
Echo80 can also be used to monitor one's blood pressure during exercise. Blood pressure can go up to 200/80 during running and 300/200 during very heavy weight lifting for a normal person. According to a study published in American Journal of Hypertension (April 2004), people with very high blood pressure during exercise are most likely to develop high blood pressure. They are likely to have arteries that do not expand as much as normal arteries when blood is pumped to them. Consider going into a program (diet and exercise) for heart attack prevention if you have high readings during exercise.
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Ambulatory monitoring has become covered by Medicare for the evaluation of "white-coat" hypertension. White coat hypertension or white coat syndrome is a phenomenon in which patients exhibit elevated blood pressure in a clinical setting but not in other settings. Between 20% and 30% of patients diagnosed with hypertension in the office actually are normotensive at other times. White coat hypertension is difficult to detect and would cause unnecessary treatment. Ambulatory monitoring is a good way to screen for white coat syndrome.
The ambulatory blood pressure monitor has an alarm with configurable thresholds for pulse rate, systolic and diastolic pressure.
During automatic measurement mode, the ambulatory blood pressure monitor can take measurements every N minutes according to the system configuration. There are two saved interval settings - asleep and awake and they can be changed in system setup.